Stories tagged with: fire safety

January 1, 2016 - 3:13pm
4 weeks 6 days ago

With lows dipping into the 30's this week. Many may be reaching for the electric blankets, and space heaters. The Zanesville Fire Department has some tips for properly using those alternative heat sources this season.

Lieutenant Jeff Bell with ZFD said it's important to know just how your heaters work. In order to avoid accidents that could lead to house fires. And be aware of those dangers that come with using fuel inside your home.

"As we get into the winter months, one...

February 26, 2015 - 5:02pm
49 weeks 23 hours ago

Already this year eleven children have lost their lives in house fires across the state.

To try to counteract that high total, the Zanesville Fire Department is educating both parents and kids on what to do in case of a house fire.

"We don't take our pets, we don't take our toys," Hobson said. "We just get out of the house, we go to a special meeting place. That way there's accountability for the children for the parents. First thing we do is check with the family...

October 10, 2014 - 2:57pm
1 year 16 weeks ago

National Fire Prevention Week is this week. The goal this year is to educate people on the importance of smoke alarms.

Each year fire prevention week is held to educate people on different aspects of staying safe from fire. This year the theme is testing your smoke alarms. Dean Brocklehurst of the Zanesville Fire Department said you need to test your smoke alarms once a month. He added it is recommended to change the batteries in the alarms twice a year and replace the entire alarm...

December 2, 2013 - 4:00pm
2 years 9 weeks ago

Fires cause more deaths than any other type of disaster but they don't have to be deadly.

The Muskingum Valley Chapter of the Red Cross encourages everyone to take simple steps to be sure they are fire ready.

"Smoke detectors I think are number one,” explained Community Disaster Educator, Martha Staley. “Have them installed, especially near the sleeping areas and test them, make sure the batteries are working, and test them also so the family can hear what they...

April 3, 2013 - 4:50pm
2 years 43 weeks ago

Campus Safety Week continues at Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State College. Today's focus- Fire And Emergency Medical Services.

Visitors heard home safety tips from Zanesville Fire Department Lieutenant Roger Hobson .

"Home safety, home fire safety, “Hobson said. “We talked a lot about extension cords today, portable fire extinguishers, evacuation plans, just keeping everybody safe. As one of my slides on the presentation, why? Why talk about fire safety?...

December 18, 2012 - 12:48pm
3 years 6 weeks ago

As we approach the holiday season and cold temperatures returns it's important to make sure your home is safe from fire.

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross' Executive Director said that it's important to make sure your smoke detectors are in working order. The detectors should be placed outside of each bedroom. It's also important when cooking that holiday feast to keep an eye on the food. Don't leave pans boiling or things frying unattended.

"People should really be aware of...

June 10, 2010 - 4:30pm
5 years 34 weeks ago

Aside from kitchen fires, another common cause of structure fires has to do with something that every household has. Extension chords, if not used properly can have devastating effects on a home.

"We see electrical fires generally being related to extension chords. That's the number one culprit," says Zanesville Fire Department Chief Dave Lacy.

Chief Lacy urges people not to use extension chords unless they are absolutely necessary, and if they are, you should...

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